While for many people this week’s high temperatures are a cause for lots of smiles and celebration, Public Health England (PHE) are raising awareness of the risks to health this weather brings.
Temperatures around 25°C and over for a longer period of time are associated with excess summer deaths, and the Heatwave Plan for England warns that: “in contrast to deaths associated with cold snaps in winter, the rise in mortality as a result of very warm weather follows very sharply – within one or two days of the temperature rising.”
Deaths may be from underlying illnesses made worse by heat – primarily lung and heart diseases – or from heat specific conditions, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Mental ill health may also worsen during hot weather.
As a result, we obviously urge people to avoid going to places that could become crowded and in breach of the social distancing guidelines plus we urgently need your assistance with items that can help us, help them through the weekend and into the continued heat next week.
Items that will help us are:
- Small bottles of water
- Sun cream
- Individually wrapped snacks/sweet treats
We always encourage recycling where possible and whilst many bars and restaurants remain closed our clients can refill re-usable water bottles at Pret and Starbucks in Woking town centre however due to social distancing rules there are some restrictions that may be in practice during busy times.
If you are able to make any donations to us over this next few days please call: 01483 728739 to arrange drop off at our HG Wells facility on Church Street East. Access is via the footbridge in the Victoria Way car park on level 4. Parking remains free at this time.
If you know of someone who may be homeless or rough-sleeping and not already reporting to York Road Project please help the person by sending a StreetLink alert or e-mailing: [email protected]
Thank you in advance.